Monkey Cat restaurant: fine dining in Auburn

BAY AREA TRANSPLANTS SEEKING a more laid-back lifestyle have helped shape the “sense of place” in our foothills towns, including revitalizing the dining scene. Few have been more influential than Jim and Trish Bril, who own Monkey Cat, a sophisticated yet fine dining establishment in downtown Auburn. Jim worked at the famed Fior d’Italia restaurant […]

Winter Events in Tahoe-Truckee, Auburn, Grass Valley, Nevada City and Lincoln

TAHOE-TRUCKEE March 9-12 Audi FIS World Cup World Cup ski racing returns to California for the first time in 19 years. The event includes concerts, a festival village and a women’s Giant Slalom and Slalom at Squaw Valley. SquawAlpine.com/worldcup March 3-12 North Lake Tahoe SnowFest North Lake Tahoe celebrates its long winter season with SnowFest, […]

What’s new in Placer County and Nevada County CA in Winter 2016

Lake Tahoe Jan. 8, Feb. 5, March 4: Friday Night Tubing Tube under the lights this winter at Tahoe Donner Snowplay until 6:30 p.m. TahoeDonner.com March 3-13: North Lake Tahoe SnowFest North Lake Tahoe celebrates its long winter season with SnowFest, a 10-day event TahoeSnowFestival.com April 1-3: WinterWonderGrass Festival Music, brews and mountains is the […]

Monkey Cat: Fine dining in Auburn

OUR AREA IS HOME to some of the most experienced and enthusiastic restaurateurs. For the past 11 years, Jim Bril and his wife, Trish, have owned the popular Monkey Cat restaurant in downtown Auburn. Jim also has partnered with Gary Capps, a longtime local, to open Tre Pazzi, an authentic Italian trattoria in Auburn. “I […]

Auburn: Après Ski in a Gold Rush Town

AUBURN IS FAMOUS FOR ITS gold mining history. What’s less known, is the city’s leading role in bringing skiing to the Sierra. The Auburn Ski Club was formed in 1928 by resident Wendell Robie. At Cisco Grove, the Auburn Ski Club built ski jumps, ski trails and a lodge (much of it now covered by […]

Tre Pazzi: Authentic Italian cuisine in Auburn

“A TRATTORIA IS A HOME AWAY FROM home for many Italians,” writes Biba Caggiano in “Trattoria Cooking.” “Eating in a trattoria is like eating with an Italian family.” Dishes include lasagna, pan-roasted chicken, mussels and fish, pizzas and pastas and charbroiled meats. The atmosphere is cozy, lively and festive. Restaurants such as Felice a Testaccio […]

Auburn revitalized for wining and dining

AUBURN — ONCE VIEWED AS A SPOT TO PULL OFF THE HIGHWAY for a quick bite to eat is now setting a gold standard for wining and dining in the foothills. The area’s beauty and laid-back lifestyle has attracted chefs from all over. The restaurateur of Monkey Cat and tre Pazzi Trattoria comes from the […]